So, you think you know Scotland?
Learn more about our scotland through weekly questions
1. Whose mad son roasted a servant on a spit while the 1707 Act of Union was being signed just up the road?
a. Earl of Hopetoun
b. Duke of Buccleuch
c. Duke of Queensberry
On the day of the signing of the Act of Union, the mad son of the Duke of Queensberry was apparently left locked up in Queensberry House in the Canongate. When his family returned, they found he had escaped and was roasting a servant boy.
2. How wide is Loch Lomond at its widest point?
a. 5 miles
b. 10 miles
c. 15 miles
3. What is a ‘hot toddie’?
a. mixture of whisky, hot water and sugar
b. tweed cap
c. type of pie
4. Where did the Royal Bank of Scotland introduce Scotland’s first cash dispensing machine in 1968?
a. West End, Edinburgh
b. Buchanan Street, Glasgow
c. Sleat, Isle of Skye
5. What was the name of the 1707 deal to bring Scotland’s debts and taxes into line with Eigland’s?
a. Great Stushie
c. Poll Tax
The Scots were, controversially, forced into a Union of the Parliaments of Scotland and England to form the Parliament of Great Britain. This was done through a variety of measures and legislation, but the Scots received in return, the ‘Equivalent’, effectively a bribe of £398,085.
6. Hirta is the main island in which group of islands?
b. St Kilda
7. What is the oldest national daily paper in the English- speaking world?
a. The (Glasgow) Herald
b. The Times
c. The Herald Tribune
8. Which Scot pioneered the concept of antiseptic surgery?
a. Joseph Lister
b. James Simpson
c. Thomas Smith
9. What is a buckie’?
a. shell fish
10. Who wrote the Scottish song Flower of Scotland’?
a. Jimmy Shand
b. Roy Williamson
c. Dougie Stewart
Roy Williamson of the folkgroup The Corries’ wrote this song in the late 1960s about the Scottish victory over England at the 1314 Battle of Bannockburn. Over the years it has become Scotland’s unofficial national anthem.